Ferrari Goes GREEN with the Ferrari 599 Hybrid Concept

Posted by Joel

Ferrari is going green literally, with the Ferrari 599 Hybrid at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. Ferrari announced the first hybrid model, on Tuesday. Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo stated,

“This is the first step of a long project and we want within three years, maximum four, to have a hybrid Ferrari car ready for every single product of our range. This is our goal, ”

Up front is the standard layout of the 6.0 liter V12 engine producing 611bhp. In the middle are a pair of lithium ion batteries packs. Ferrari then decided to lower center of gravity since the battery packs are very heavy. Attached to the rear of the 599’s seven-speed F1 transmission, power from the electric motor is applied seamlessly via either of the gearbox’s two clutches. The electric motor is good for another 100 horsepower over the V12’s standard output.This model makes use of a unique hybrid system, which Ferrari is calling HY-KERS, referring to the hybrid use of a traditional combustion engine and a KERS device, which stands for Kinetic Energy Recuperation System.

Montezemolo mentioned they would like to cut emissions by a minimum of 35 percent.


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Posted on: 3/5/2010 at 9:06 AM
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